How To Improve Your Health And Wellness
Over the last couple months I’ve had a surprisingly large number of people ask me what my secret is. Asking me things like…are you a vampire? Have you discovered the fountain of youth? Are you lying about your age? …and the biggy…how did you lose weight? So now, I’m going to share what I’ve learned and what works for me in how to improve your health and wellness!
Obviously, those people have not been following my website! Ha! Ha! But, seriously, I am flattered and a little embarrassed, but I guess this is the whole reason I started this website in the first place. That is to help others realize their full potential by honoring their minds, bodies and spirits by living full and healthy lives.
Now I’m no guru, doctor or specialist, but I have researched and researched some more to find healthy ways to lose weight, stay in shape and live a more spiritual life. I’m going to give you the summarized break down version of what I have done over the last 15 months in order to get to the place I’m at today. Start by watching my short little video:
How I’ve Changed My Weight Loss Mentality
I’ve never really been obese, but I have been 25+ lbs over weight most of my adult life. I’ve struggled with fad diets, starvation diets and simply just not-caring-anymore diets. My weight had been on a constant roller coaster ride, soaring from losing 10 pounds to gaining 15 at the next turn. I felt run down and completely fatigued most of the time. My skin was dry and …well, I was looking old. I was very unhappy and depressed.
Finally, about 15 months ago, I had an epiphany: I was the only person that could make my life better. Once you accept that, you take responsibility. Well, at least I did. I started with the weight issue. I researched weight loss for women during midlife. I discovered weight loss at this time in our lives is a whole new ballgame; not like when you were 25 or even 30.
I learned how our hormones effect EVERY part of our system. I learned what to eat and, more importantly, what NOT to eat. You can see the best food plan for women during midlife on my nutrition page.
First thing you can do is stop counting calories! Rather, focus on eating fresh veggies and fruits, protein, very little carbs & cut out sugar and alcohol.
What I Eat Daily
This is a plan that has been working for me; it’s not for everyone. Refer to my nutrition page for more options and detailed info. I take some supplements each morning, in addition to the plan described below.
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- 8:00: banana
- 8:30: low carb, organic whole food cereal bar/cookie
- 10:00: 2/150g containers of Greek yogurt. Handful of almonds.
- 11:00: organic “pink lady”apple
- 12:00: organic high protein soup or fresh kale salad with boiled eggs
- 4:00: snack of either organic corn tortilla chips or organic rice crackers and/or a handful of almonds
- 5:30: organic, high protein 400 calorie dinner…usually Amy’s brand organic frozen meals or fresh kale salad with either bacon or grilled chicken and boiled eggs
- 7:00: another fresh fruit snack of my choice
At bedtime, I drink one cup of Traditional Medicinals Organic Smooth Move Tea, 16 Tea Bags (Pack of 6). This really helps keep things regular and eliminates that bloated belly feeling.
*Note: I drink 1 gallon of filtered water each day…every day, 7 days a week! I limit alcohol to 2 drinks per week or less; however, when I first started this plan I cut it out completely until I was able to lose 20 lbs. I eliminated sweets/sugar almost entirely. I do allow myself a couple pieces of organic dark chocolate almost daily. I eat very few carbs and try to stick with gluten free and organic as much as possible.
Yoga Changed My Life
The American Heart Association suggests at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). This breaks down to 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week. My recommendation is yoga as the preferred form of exercise, and it always will be. Yoga has changed me forever, in so many ways.
Yoga will teach you to honor your body, relax your mind, be present, trust the universe and to BREATHE. Yoga will assist you in tending to your whole being: body, mind and spirit.
Yoga is low impact, so easy on the bones and joints. Yoga improves brain function, lowers stress levels, increases metabolism, decreases inflammation & increases flexibility. Yoga can lower your mild to moderate high blood pressure, increase your lung capacity, reduce chronic neck and back pain, relieve anxiety, stabilize blood sugar levels, improves your sense of balance and can even improve sexual function and satisfaction for women!
After some years of practicing yoga, you will have stronger bones and will be able to maintain a healthy weight while lowering your risk of heart disease.
My Yoga Practice
For me, yoga is a personal experience and shouldn’t be shared with a room full of people you barely know, so I enjoy my practice at home. That’s just me, though; if you like a classroom setting and find it motivates you, then go for it!
I turn off all the lights. I light some candles and roll out my yoga mat. If I’m following a dvd, I fire that up and get started. If I’m practicing on my own, I put on some soft inspirational music.
I use Yoga For Weight Loss for Beginners 4 days a week. Don’t let the “beginners” fool you! Each practice is 15 to 60 minutes, with clear instructions for each position. I also have a very physical job, so I usually stick with about 30 minutes for each practice.
Meditation Picks Up Where Yoga Leaves Off
For me, meditation is an extension of my yoga practice. I couldn’t imagine doing one without the other. I usually follow up my yoga practice with a 15-20 minute silent meditation. Meditation will calm your mind…in other words, stop the chatter going on inside your head. Meditation will give you peace. You will learn how to open your heart and your mind to all things possible. Meditation gives you clarity and strength.
You can also gain a tremendous amount of insight from guided meditation sessions. I have a few favorites I listen to regularly. As an introduction to meditation, I highly recommend listening to Deepak Chopra. The Soul of Healing Meditations is my favorite and I listen to it almost every evening. When a friend asked me what Deepak Chopra has given to me, I responded without hesitation, “peace, the ability to love myself, clarity, forgiveness and love”.
“Meditation makes the entire nervous system go into a field of coherence”.
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